Coastal Bay Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Areal Flood Watch, Coastal Hazard Statement
Statement as of 1:55 PM CDT on April 17, 2014

...Flood Watch remains in effect from late tonight through late Friday night...

The Flood Watch continues for

* portions of southeast Alabama...Florida and Georgia... including the following areas...in southeast Alabama... Coffee...Dale...Geneva...Henry and Houston. In Florida... Calhoun...central Walton...coastal Bay...coastal Dixie... coastal Franklin...coastal Gulf...coastal Jefferson...coastal Taylor...coastal Wakulla...Gadsden...Holmes...inland Bay... inland Dixie...inland Franklin...inland Gulf...inland Jefferson...inland Taylor...inland Wakulla...inland Walton... Jackson...Lafayette...Leon...Liberty...Madison...south Walton and Washington. In Georgia...Baker...Ben Hill...Berrien... Brooks...Calhoun...Clay...Colquitt...Cook...Decatur... Dougherty...early...Grady...Irwin...Lanier...Lee...Lowndes... Miller...Mitchell...Quitman...Randolph...Seminole...Terrell... Thomas...Tift...Turner and Worth.

* From late tonight through late Friday night

* widespread rainfall amounts of 3 to 4 inches are anticipated... with isolated amounts as high as 6 inches.

* The most significant impacts will likely be felt near area rivers currently in or near flood stage across North Florida and south Georgia.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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245 PM EDT Thu Apr 17 2014 /145 PM CDT Thu Apr 17 2014/

...High rip current risk now in effect through Friday evening...

* location...Big Bend and Panhandle beaches.

* Surf...2 to 4 feet along Big Bend beaches...1 to 2 feet elsewhere into tonight. Surf will increase on Friday to 3 to 4 feet Walton and Bay counties with a few spots to 5 feet. Seas 2 to 3 feet Gulf and Walton counties.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore. If you become caught in a rip current remain calm and swim parallel to shore. Once you are away from the force of the rip current...swim back to the beach. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current. Even a strong swimmer can become exhausted quickly.

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